North Dakota Oil Producers Resist Rail Shipment Safety Overhaul

September 25, 2014

  • September 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    Ron Schalow says:
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    “It took “more than 1,000 firefighters from 80 different municipalities in Quebec, and from six counties in the state of Maine” to help with evacuations and fire-fighting efforts in the small town (Lac-Megantic) of only a few thousand people, according to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada report.”–Bellingham Herald

    Lac-Megantic was just one of six massive explosions involving Bakken oil trains. The first was in 2008. There have been five more incidents since July 2013.

    Crude Oil: Mostly carbon, some hydrogen, and small amounts of nitrogen, oxygen, and various metals.

    NOT Crude Oil: Methane, hextane, pentane, propane, heptane, ethane, butane, isobutane…

    Do NOT put the “NOT Crude Oil” in the same railroad tanker cars as the “Crude Oil,” as the Bakken producers have been doing, and the trains won’t explode. Is that too friggen much to ask?

    “If I threw a match into Bakken crude oil it would not ignite it.” –John Auers; Executive Vice President at Turner Mason & Company. Turner, Mason is an energy consulting firm that wrote “The North Dakota Petroleum Council Study on Bakken Crude Properties” report for the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC), the lobbying entity for the Bakken oil producers.

    If Mr. Auers speaks the truth, and why would you doubt a lobbyist, then Bakken producers must be squeezing a ton of NGL’s into the tanker cars, because they sure have IGNITED!

    To remove the explosive element from Bakken crude, the North Dakota Industrial Commission MUST mandate the “STABILIZATION” of the oil, with ACTUAL stabilizers, before shipping by rail. Nothing less. The explosions must stop. The North Dakota Industrial Commission has full and complete authority to fix this problem. Now, after 10 years…FINALLY, it needs to be done right.

    Contact the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the media, ND media, elected officials, your associates, and scream from the rooftops. Demand “Stabilization.” Stand up for the lives of the people who live, work, or play within a mile of tracks where the Bakken oil trains roll.

    North Dakota Industrial Commission

    Ron Schalow
    Fargo, North Dakota
    The Coalition for Bakken Crude Oil Stabilization

    Minnesota Governor Dayton’s letter to Governor Dalrymple of North Dakota; regarding explosive Bakken oil trains…

    Oil executives say Bakken crude stabilization unnecessary

    Stabilization is only unnecessary, if they are willing to accept that Bakken oil trains will violently explode every time they derail.

    Out of the Mouth’s of Lobbyists

    “North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President Kari Cutting says Bakken crude involved in fiery train crashes was not the cause of the crashes.”

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